White House ‘disappointed’ in China’s virus transparency
The United States feels let down by a lack of transparency from China over the new-coronavirus crisis, a senior White House official said Thursday, contradicting President Donald Trump’s confidence in Beijing. “We are a little disappointed that we haven’t been invited in and we’re a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese,” Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told reporters. But Kudlow said that unanswered questions were mounting and there was no sign of the promised cooperation. “President Xi assured President Trump that China was on it and there would be openness, they would accept our help,” he added. Trump told the Geraldo Rivera “Roadkill” radio program that he has confidence in Beijing and understood officials’ reluctance to provide information.